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As WordPress is the leading when it comes to content management and If you happen to the use WordPress to publish your work you will know one of the greatest thing about it is that it’s open source, hence, thousands of themes and plugins have been created by people both free & paid ones.

As there’s a wide variety of options available to the users but it’s disadvantage as it’s makes WordPress vulnerable to security threats and there are numerous hackers out there who want to exploit these vulnerabilities and steal your content and even your own personal info. In fact, some hackers can even hack the whole server that your site is on.

So for this weeks WordPress Wednesday round you will find 8 free & paid security plugins that are available for WordPress.

1. Wordfence Security – Free


Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. We do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster and as Wordfence Security is 100% free and open source. We also offer a Premium API key that gives you Premium Support, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing and we even check if your website IP address is being used to Spamvertize.

2. Sucuri Security – Free


The Sucuri Security WordPress Security plugin is free to all WordPress users. It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture. It offers it’s users four key security features for their website, each designed to have a positive affect on their security posture:

3. WP Antivirus Site Protection – Free


WP Antivirus Site Protection is the security plugin to prevent/detect and remove malicious viruses and suspicious codes. It detects: backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, fraudtools, adware, spyware, hidden links, redirection and etc. WP Antivirus Site Protection scans not only theme files, it scans and analyzes all the files of your WordPress website (theme files, all the files of the plugins, files in upload folder and etc).

4. Acunetix WP Security – Free


Acunetix WP Security plugin is a free and comprehensive security tool that helps you secure your WordPress installation and suggests corrective measures for: securing file permissions, security of the database, version hiding, WordPress admin protection and lots more.

5. WP Security Audit Log – Free


WP Security Audit log keeps a log of everything that happens on your WordPress blog and with this you can easily track suspicious activities even before a security issue arises. It can generate security alert in cases of a new user being created, someone changes profile settings of another user, installation or uninstallation of a plugin, change of theme etc.



Smart Security Tools is a powerful plugin for improving security of your WordPress powered website. Plugin contains collection of tweaks and tools for extra security protection along with Security Advisor that can help you determine what needs to be done.

This Plugin includes integration of VirusTotal and Sucuri Free Security Scanners (shows malware on the website and blacklisting status on major security related websites). Plugin includes database based Security Log that can log different event types you can use to detemerime problems, potential attacks and exploits, IP’s used for access, referers, user agents.



Security Ninja has been using the best of the industry’s practices on security and accumulated them into a single plugin. It performs more than 31 security tests. It checks your site for any type of vulnerabilities and takes measures to prevent any attacks.

8. iThemes Security Pro – Starting at $80 for 2 Sites to Unlimited Sites for $150 per a year


iThemes Security Pro is an WordPress security plugin from iThemes. With your website is only as safe as you make it, and the iTheme Security Pro is a good way to add lots of layers of protection to your WordPress site. As we all know that security is king, especially when your website is your livelihood.

When this plugin is installed it will protect your website (or websites) in a variety of ways such as a strong password enforcement, limited login attempts to prevent brute force attacks and 404 error detection, Change the default URL of your WordPress login area so attackers won’t know where to look, File Change Detection so if someone manages to get into your site, they’ll probably add, remove or change a file so when this happens you will get email alerts showing any file changes so you know if you’ve been hacked as well of checking if your site has malware with Sucuri SiteCheck 10-point site check to scan your site for known malware, blacklist status, website errors and out-of-date software plus many other great security features.


WordPress Wednesday – 8 Essential Security Plugins for Your Site